The Career Starter Plan That Has It All

Are you looking for a fulfilling, purpose-driven career that allows you to use your skills to your maximum potential? Are you motivated by the prospect of inspiring others? Thales Academy is proud to present Thales Teaching Fellows, a robust professional program designed specifically with you in mind. We know the post-grad transition can be tough, so we’ve created a program that will allow you to gain invaluable experience while making a tangible contribution to the world around you. This program isn’t for the faint of heart, but we know that those who are up to the task will fully embrace all that it means to be a Thales Teaching Fellow.

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Better Work Experience than Most Entry-Level Positions

Jump start your career with our in-depth, on-the-job, two-year training program. After completing an online, on-demand New Teacher Orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to use your skills immediately in the classroom. If you choose our K-5 track, you’ll teach a group of great kids who are eager to learn using our research-based Direct Instruction curriculum. Junior High and High School teachers will teach subject-specific courses, allowing you to use your academic background extensively. We want experts in the classroom - e.g., biology majors are the perfect candidates to teach Life Science! In all grades, we have robust standards and pacing guides in place for every subject, meaning that you'll have extensive infrastructure guiding you along the way.

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One-on-One Professional Mentorship

Every post-grad needs a mentor to help navigate life after college. Each Thales Fellow will develop lasting, personal relationships with campus administrators through weekly meetings and friendly hello’s throughout the day. All of our administrators are experienced teachers who were once in your shoes, starting at the beginning of their careers. They’re more than happy to help guide you along your own path to success both in the classroom and in life and career in general.

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Real-World Leadership Development

You’ve mastered the rigors of academia in the university setting, but have you fully developed your leadership skill set? Thales Fellows will have the unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of leadership from the ground up. This professional development is highly applicable and transferable, encompassing a curriculum rich in classroom management, pedagogy, and content. Professional development is provided in online courses, allowing Fellows to work at their own pace.

A Culture of Excellence

Numerous Opportunities for Professional Networking

One of the challenges of starting a career is building a professional network from the ground up. Thales Fellows will have a head start in the process, with opportunities to network with other Fellows, special guests, all of Thales' leadership and teaching staff, our founder Bob Luddy and his associates, and others. In addition, joining the large and growing Thales family will guarantee quick friendships—eliminating one of the hardest parts of leaving college!

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Full Benefits & Excellent Starting Salary

The job market is tough for new grads. Thales Fellows need not worry about the difficulties of a rough market or an unappreciative employer. At Thales Academy, we believe that if our teachers are treated well, student satisfaction and learning potential will greatly increase. Every Thales Fellow will not only enjoy the benefits of being part of an exclusive, unique career group, they’ll be offered a full benefits package, tuition-free professional development, and a competitive salary as well.

Our Mission

Endless Opportunities for Growth

Following the completion of the two year Thales Teaching Fellows program, qualified participants will have the opportunity to take their skills to the next level. Fellows program graduates will be offered the chance to compete for a variety of leadership positions, including Mentor to new participants, Department Chair, Campus Administrator, and others. Thales Academy is continually growing, so the possibilities are endless! For those who are not interested in pursuing a long-term career in education, the Thales Fellows program provides the perfect jumping off point for enormous success in a vast array of career fields.

Our Culture

Location, Location, Location

With locations in the Raleigh and Charlotte metropolitan areas, Thales is close to the heart of downtown areas in both major cities, Research Triangle Park, and several major universities, and a short distance from the beach and the mountains. Thales is ideally situated for a vibrant personal life. Asheville and Charleston make good weekend trips, and Richmond and Wrightsville Beach make great day trips. With so many options and an appealing climate, you’ll find North Carolina is a great place to live and work.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Are you ready for an exciting, compelling, and purposeful career track to success? We're looking for top-notch candidates who are ready to serve our students to the best of their ability. Some of the qualities we're seeking include:


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2+ (undergraduate degree received in 2015 or later; all majors welcome)
  • Driven, go-getter attitude
  • Dedication to our mission and values
  • Deep appreciation for Classical, high quality education
  • Passion for helping children fulfill their potential
  • Unafraid of change, understands that continual improvement means progress
  • Comfortable with working hard to reach the best possible outcome
  • Administrative capabilities; leadership potential
  • Strong communication skills
  • High character and integrity; you’ll serve as a role model of character at all times

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Thales Teaching Fellows?

    Thales Teaching Fellows (TTF) is a comprehensive two-year program designed specifically for new or recent college graduates. TTF is intended for individuals who do not have teaching certification and/or prior teaching experience. TTF encompasses two years of teaching in the classroom, one-on-one mentorship with the local campus administrator (principal), professional networking within the TTF cohort, and a robust two year leadership development program that culminates in a certificate of completion at the end of two years.
  2. What is the timeline of the application process?

    • February: TTF Team reviews applications
    • March: Skype and/or in-person interviews
    • May: Notification of decisions
    • Early July: TTF Training
    • July 10-14: Teacher Work Week for all teachers, including TTF
    • July 17: First Day of School
  3. Is teaching experience or teaching certification required?

    No certification or experience is required. We plan to give you all of the tools you need to be successful in the classroom – classroom management skills, robust curriculum guides, personal mentorship, and extensive advising. In exchange, we are excited to bring your content knowledge to our students in the classroom!
  4. What can I expect a typical week to look like?

    • Monday – Friday: Teach full time following bell schedule for your assigned campus
    • Tuesday and Thursday evenings: Attend professional development night courses on campus and online (may require commuting to a neighboring Thales campus)
    • Free time: Develop lesson plans for teaching, grade student work, and complete your homework assignments for professional development courses
    • Once/week: Attend mentorship session with your campus administrator (principal)
    • Occasionally: Attend networking events, lunch and learns, etc. with special guests and other TTF participants
  5. Where is Thales Academy located?

    Thales Academy is located in the Raleigh, NC area. Currently 6 campuses are operating in Apex, Knightdale, Raleigh, Rolesville, and Wake Forest, North Carolina. A 7th campus is set to open in Pittsboro, NC in 2018.
  6. What is the pay scale?

    Thales Teaching Fellows will earn an annual salary of $41,250 during their two-year tenure as Fellows. Following graduation from the program, they will be eligible for a pay increase in Year 3.
  7. What is the average cost of living in Raleigh?

    The average cost of living in Raleigh is 103, compared to the national average of 100. Housing is rated at 112, but becomes more reasonable depending on how far outside of the city you live. There are many affordable housing options available for Fellows participants in the Raleigh area. Find out more info here: Cost of Living
  8. What are the benefits of joining the Thales Teaching Fellows rather than serving as a standard classroom teacher?

    Thales Teaching Fellows provides a comprehensive formation that prepares participants to succeed in any career field. Fellows will earn robust work experience, an in-depth leadership preparation, and extensive mentorship. By the time Fellows complete the two-year program, they will have developed a vast portfolio of work experience, skills, and confidence that are directly transferable to a wide variety of platforms. In short, Thales Teaching Fellows is the ideal post-grad option to set recent grads up for success.
  9. How does the application process work? When can I expect to receive a decision?

    Once you decide that you would like to apply for Thales Teaching Fellows, submit an online application. We will review all applications and schedule Skype interviews in March. Decisions will be released in May.
  10. How is campus and subject/grade placement determined?

    Once hiring needs are determined, candidates will be placed at the campus and subject/grade level that best matches their interests and the needs of Thales Academy.
  11. What is included in summer training?

    Summer training for Thales Teaching Fellows includes robust pedagogical and classroom management training, Direct Instruction training (Pre-K-5 teachers only), and the annual START Conference for all Thales Academy teachers.
  12. What is included in the professional development courses?

    All TTF participants will take a universal core course sequence of humanities and pedagogy instruction. Participants will take courses in history and literature that follow the classical curriculum to better understand the significance of humanities in classical education. In addition, all participants will take courses in classroom management, Socratic practice (JH/HS teachers) or Direct Instruction (Pre-K-5 teachers), digital instruction technologies, classical educational philosophy, and educational challenges faced in a multicultural society.

    In addition to foundational coursework, students will divide into five differing tracks of study that vary depending upon personal interests and career aspirations. These specializations will allow participants to build competence in a specialized course of leadership development:

    • Classical Master Teacher: Humanities Certificate
    • Classical Master Teacher: Science/Math Certificate
    • Classical Master K-5 Teacher Certificate
    • Classical/European Languages Master Teacher Certificate
    • Classical School Leader Certificate

    Each two year sequence of professional development coursework will culminate in a professional certificate issued by Thales Teaching Fellows. This certificate may be transferred to a variety of other employers or used to grow within the Thales Academy system.

  13. Who can I contact with questions?

    We are happy to answer your questions and discuss Thales Teaching Fellows with you! Email personnel@thalesacademy.org. Be sure to check us out on LinkedIn as well. We look forward to meeting you.
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